Tesla Initiates Its Largest Recall Over Warning Light Fault

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.02 - 2024 12:52 PM CET

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Tesla Initiates Its Largest Recall Over Warning Light Fault.

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Tesla, the leading electric vehicle manufacturer, has initiated its largest recall to date, involving approximately 2.2 million vehicles across the United States. The recall addresses issues with the warning lights on a range of models, including some Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, Model Y, and the 2024 Cybertruck, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

According to Nyheder24, the recall is due to the warning lights utilizing an incorrect font size, which could potentially obscure critical safety information on the instrument panel, thereby increasing the risk of accidents. To rectify the issue, Tesla plans to update the software to increase the letter font size of the brake, park, and antilock brake system visual warning indicators.

This significant recall follows a previous recall in December, targeting nearly all Tesla vehicles sold in the US. That recall aimed to address defects in the Autopilot system by updating software to fix a system intended to ensure driver attentiveness when Autopilot is engaged. The decision came after a two-year NHTSA investigation into crashes involving the partially automated driving system, some of which were fatal.

The NHTSA's investigation concluded that Autopilot's methods for ensuring driver attention were insufficient, potentially leading to misuse. The forthcoming updates are designed to enhance driver engagement and adherence to driving responsibilities.

Additionally, Tesla recently announced a recall of over 1.6 million vehicles in China due to steering software and door-locking system issues. The recall, communicated by the State Administration for Market Regulation, highlights concerns over the misuse of the level two combined assisted driving function, which could elevate the risk of vehicle collisions.

In a separate legal matter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was ordered by a Delaware court to relinquish a compensation package awarded by Tesla's board of directors, potentially worth over $55 billion. The ruling stems from a shareholder lawsuit accusing Musk and the directors of breaching their duties, resulting in corporate asset waste and unjust enrichment for Musk. While plaintiffs argued the pay package was unfairly dictated by Musk, defense attorneys maintained it was negotiated fairly and approved by shareholders.

Tesla's series of recalls and legal challenges underscore the complexities and responsibilities of leading the electric vehicle market, emphasizing the importance of safety and regulatory compliance amidst rapid innovation and expansion.